Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Release Date: March 5th 2013
Synopsis: (Goodreads)Aiden Grant has a killer kiss. Literally. And it’s not every reaper who gets to work with the Sixteenth President. Sure, Honest Abe likes to throw out history lessons with reaping assignments, but when you’re favored by the ancients, grim reaper life is pretty sweet for a newly dead seventeen-year-old.
Then things get messy.
Aiden is assigned to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved. When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, she is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.
Some rules are meant to be broken, even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?
Awhile reading Deadly Kisses I couldn’t help but be reminded of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Why? Well, perhaps it is because both these novels are great fun romps through the paranormal genre. They are both just pure fun to read–a great feat considering that they both contain the depressing theme of death.
Now if a book has good ol’ Abe Lincoln in it the book pretty much promises to be great, right? I wasn’t disappointed! The atmosphere of Deadly Kisses never stopped being fun and light hearted. There are definitely some serious things underneath the surface waiting to come out, but the story is very quirky, overall. I am lover of fun books so this one satisfied me to no end!
The world that the story contained is clever and obviously had a lot of effort put into it when it was being thought up. Cuevas had many great ideas injected into the world that I loved and there were also some little touches that had me going
The prose is strong and well structured for the most part. There were some moments where the dialogue could have been polished up a bit and made more fluid, but the writing is actually very good. It was engaging and very readable which is all I really expected and wanted from this book.
Ad was a very, very good main character and narrator. He has a sarcastic air to him and he is a bit self-deprecating, but he felt realistic. I also thought that he was a kindhearted and respectful boy even though he may not seem like it from the opening chapters.
The side characters could have been a little more fleshed out, but they were also realistic like Ad. They didn’t feel like stock characters at all and they couldn’t be easily categorized. President Abraham Lincoln was also written well, I think. Huzzah!
The development of the relationships Ad had with different people was, for lack of a better word, amazing! In fact, I believe the development of Ad’s character and his relationships were the best element of the book. If nothing else in this review has convinced you to read Deadly Kisses then let it be this part!
The ending tied things up nicely, but I think this might be a series. I do not know for sure. I will certainly get the next installments if it is 🙂 And even if this is a stand alone I wouldn’t be disappointed. There are plenty of things that could be expanded upon, but this story does well with only one book as well.
I sincerely loved Deadly Kisses. There really isn’t much to dislike about it. If you are looking for a fun paranormal or something reminiscent of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer then this is for you!
*This post is part of the Deadly Kiss Blog Tour. An advanced copy was given for an honest review.